The founder and head Pastor of the Jesus The Rock of Salvation Healing Ministry in Owerri, Chiedozie Anochima has been arrested for his close relationship and mentorship of a gang of armed robbers responsible for the death of two police officers in Imo.
According to reports, his arrest was in connection to an incident a year ago, where an armed robbery gang invaded a branch of a new generation Bank in Owerri, Imo State, killing two policemen and wounding another.
Pastor Chiedozie Anochima’s luck ran out after the last member of the gang Identified as Chinonso Gift Onwuegbuchulam was caught sometime last week.
According to a police source, Chinonso Onwugbuchlam’s confession helped the police to arrest the pastor.
The source said; “Onwugbuchulam named one Pastor Chiedozie Anochima as one of them. The pastor is 36 years old and he is the founder of Jesus The Rock of Salvation Healing Ministry, a church in Urratta, in the Owerri North LGA.”
“Onwugbuchulam confessed that the pastor kept the gang’s rifles after operations and prayed for them for protection.
“Onwuegbuchulam led the F-SARS operatives to his church where we arrested him during a church service. The pastor was surprised to see us. We swooped on him and arrested him immediately. That was last Sunday”
The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, confirmed the pastor’s arrest, adding that it was a big breakthrough for the command.
He said, “Yes, it is true. We have arrested the pastor and he is with us. You know that criminal investigation is like kerosene; it spreads. The more you investigate a crime, the more it spreads.
“We are working harder to make sure that all those involved in the bank robbery at Zenith Bank in 2017, do not escape justice. We will parade the pastor before newsmen very soon.”